14 reasons to get off your phone and love weekend life in Dubai

Well hello Mr Thursday, lovely to see you again, and I see you’ve brought your friends with you; Captain Friday and the good Doctor Saturday. Do come in and have some cake.


Thursday 12th October 

Markus Birdman comedy

Hilarity ensues

The Laughter Factory are on tour this week with veteran lol-icians Markus Birdman, Carey Marx and Andrew Ryan. If you like to start your weekend the way you intend to go on, and that way happens to be a giggling mess, there’s no better ticket in town.

AED 140. 8pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights. www.thelaughterfactory.com


Mcgettigan's souk madinat

Eire Jumeiriana

McGettigan’s in Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a whole year old already. Well time does fly when you’re having fun. To celebrate its birthday in that very same spirit, the popular soiree spot has live music and is offering two for one on all main meals and house beverages.

Free entry. From 7pm. McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 04 447 0219


Blind Dragon Al Habtor

Acceptable in the 80s

Asian-inspired lounge Blind Dragon is launching a new 80s night. The party starts at 10pm, following a 5pm-9pm happy hour. The night promises to bring back all the glamour of the popular decade, bathing your ear drums in soothing synth and eclectic electro beats.

Free entry. From 10pm. Blind Dragon, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City. 04 437 0033


Friday 13th October 

Vans skateboarding

Daily grind

If you find haven in a half-pipe, have got to grips with kick flips and don’t look like a wally attempting an ollie then you may be glad to hear Vans Middle East are holding a skateboarding competition in Business Bay. There are also loads of fun give-aways like money-off vouchers and t-shirts.

Free entry. From 2pm. Business Bay Skate Park. www.vansme.com/skateboardingjam


World Arthritis Day

Fight Arthritis

Arthritis is a serious condition affecting one in five people in the UAE. The Middle East Arthritis Foundation is hosting a special event for World Arthritis Day with free scans. There will also be interactive sessions, life-coaching and loads of information to help manage the disease.

Free entry. 9am-6pm. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. Registration in advance is required www.arthritis.ae/wad


Bubbles and Balloons Fiesta at Dubai Marina Mall [2]

Rate of inflation

The Bubbles & Balloons Fiesta is back at Dubai Marina Mall for five days of family fun. Join in the workshops, see the parades and live performances from children’s entertainers and marvel at the giant balloon astronaut. Lots of free fun to be had unless you suffer from globophobia (fear of balloons). 

Free entry. 10am-12am until 16th October. Dubai Marina Mall. 04 436 1020


Jumeirah Beach Hotel - 360 Exterior - Entrance View

Pop goes the weekend

360° is closing out Jumeirah Restaurant Week in style, with a post-brunch pop party offering special happy hour deals on beverages, candy give-aways and a DJ who almost certainly will not apply the ‘no Despacito’ rule to his set.

Free entry. 4pm-8pm. 360° Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 04 432 3232.


Saturday 14th October 

Rafat Shawe B

Muay Importante

The professional MMA fighter and former international karate gold medalist Rafat Shawe, is launching a new Muay Thai Kickboxing class at Bodylines Gym that’s open to all. Classes to be held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday with discount for FACE card members.

AED 90. 7pm. Bodylines Gym at Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 323 0111.



Diwali and beyond

Burjuman Indian Festival involves 10 days of colourful fun-filled activities. There will be henna artwork, pottery painting, dance performances, immersive decorations and lots lots more. Come down and indulge in some of this culture’s most visually beguiling themes.

Free entry. 10am-11pm. Burjuman Shopping Destination, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd. 04 352 0222

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